Monday, March 21, 2016
The I Quit Sugar Cookbook and Strawberry Chia Jam Filled Sunflower ThumblesCheri Savory Spoon March 21, 2016
Life has been busy and I have been a little overwhelmed. Nothing great, nothing bad, just everyday life. The days are now longer, so naturally you would think there would be more time…..not sure what to say about that. Early mornings are just cool enough for us to start our hike off with a light jacket and end with the sleeves tied together around the waist. We were busy with family this week-end and my heart is somewhat heavy thinking about how much I will miss them as we head for Oregon next month.
Now for this wonderful book, "The I Quit Sugar Cookbook". The author; Sarah Wilson first quit sugar back in 2011 because of an autoimmune disease that was affecting her everyday life. But as she started to follow the path of going sugar free she recognized that food waste mattered as well. This really resonated with me as this has been my focus since the beginning of the year. What was shocking to learn was that the biggest source of CO2 emissions was food waste not cars. She also uses scraps and leftovers, repurposing them to create flavors for the next dish.
"The I Quit Sugar Cookbook" is filled with 306 recipes that embrace inventive breakfast ideas, snacks, dinners and dessert. That being said I was somewhat surprised by the lack of cookies and sweets. My only complaint is that it is a paperback.
I first prepared the strawberry chia jam. Here fresh seasonal strawberries, brown rice syrup, chia seeds and water were combined in a saucepan, and heated until the mixture bubbled and then thickened. Loved the flavor, so intense.
Now for the thumbles, they were made mainly of sunflower seeds and buckwheat flour. Called thumbles because you use your thumb to make the jam indents. If you are used to super sweet cookies these might not work for you. But because they are not so sweet the flavor of the seeds and buckwheat flour really shone through.
“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”
Cheri Savory Spoon
Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.
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